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Penfolds

The winery was founded by Englishman Dr Christopher Rawson Penfold (1811-1870) and his wife Mary in 1844 near Adelaide in the Barossa Valley (South Australia). This makes it one of the oldest Australian wineries. The doctor had studied medicine in London and was convinced of the positive medical effect of wine. With vines brought from France, he planted the first vineyard in Magill near his stone house known as "The Grange" (small estate). For over a hundred years, they produced mainly sherry and port style fortified wines and brandies, most of which were exported to England. After the death of the founder, his wife Mary took over the running of the business. She was succeeded in 1884 by her daughter Georgina and her husband Thomas Hyland. In 1881, the annual production was already around 500,000 litres.

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